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5:25 PM ET, November 18, 2012

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Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Sen. McCain calls for Bill Clinton to lead Israel-Palestinian talks  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) suggested on Sunday that President Obama should send former President Bill Clinton to lead cease fire talks between Israelis and Palestinians.  —  “We need a person of enormous prestige …
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Haaretz:
LIVE BLOG: Day 5 of Israel's Gaza offensive  —  Two Israelis moderately wounded in rocket attack on Ofakim; ten Palestinians killed in IDF attack, raising death toll to 65; AP: Israeli envoy landed in Cairo for cease-fire talks.  —  Israeli soldiers watch as an Iron Dome launcher fires …
New York Times:
Gaza Violence Is Unabating as Outsiders Push for a Truce  —  GAZA CITY — Israeli forces killed at least 11 people, including several children, in a single airstrike that destroyed a home here on Sunday, as Israel pressed its bombardment of the Gaza Strip for a fifth day …
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Lieberman splits from ‘my 2 amigos’  —  Count two more top senators who think a special committee to investigate the government's response to the Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi is not such a good idea.  —  Three Republican senators - John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Kelly Ayotte …
Discussion: The Raw Story
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Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Lieberman Breaks With McCain, Graham On Libya Investigation: ‘I Respectfully Separate From My Two Amigos’  —  Today on Fox News Sunday, Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) said they did not think the U.S. Senate should create a special committee to investigate the deaths …
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Sen. Chambliss: Rice needs to share what ‘White House directed her to say’
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Top Republicans Excoriate Romney On Sunday Talk Shows  —  If Mitt Romney has any friends left in the Republican Party, they're in hiding.  —  On the Sunday talk shows, senior Republicans, former Romney surrogates and prominent conservatives piled on their defeated presidential nominee …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Graham to Romney: 'When you're in a hole, stop digging'  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday took sharp aim at Mitt Romney's assertion that he lost the presidential election because of “gifts” that Democrats had doled out to women and minority voters.  —  “We're in a big hole,” Graham said on NBC's “Meet the Press. ”
Meghashyam Mali / Ballot Box:
Murphy claims victory, West seeks hearing as recount deadline hits  —  Democrat Patrick Murphy's campaign is claiming victory in his race to unseat GOP Rep. Allen West (Fla.) on Sunday after a deadline passed for officials to report results from a partial recount in the race …
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Allen West falls further behind  —  Florida Rep. Allen West's reelection prospects grew dimmer Sunday, as a recount of early ballots showed him falling further behind his Democratic opponent.  —  Democrat Patrick Murphy, a 29-year-old construction company executive, gained 242 votes …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Liberal Gloat  —  WINNING an election doesn't just offer the chance to govern the country.  It offers a chance to feel morally and intellectually superior to the party you've just beaten.  This is an inescapable aspect of democratic culture: no matter what reason tells us about the vagaries of politics …
Charlotte Allen / Los Angeles Times:
Hey GOP, take the Palin cure  —  She's hot, she's blue collar, she's electable.  —  Is Sarah Palin the new Ronald Reagan?  (Jon C. Hancock / Associated Press )  —  The Republican Party has been doing a lot of hand-wringing and finger-pointing since the presidential election.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
House Republicans: Copyright Law Destroys Markets; It's Time For Real Reform  —  Update: Wow.  It took less than 24 hours for the RSC to fold to Hollywood pressure.  They have now retracted the report and attempted to claim that it was not properly vetted.
 
 
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Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
Occupy Wall Street's Debt Jubilee: A Gimmick with Tax Risk
Discussion: Firedoglake and Discourse.net
Associated Press:
Ron Barber defeats Martha McSally in race for Giffords's former seat
Discussion: Addicting Info and The Raw Story
Mary Bruce / Associated Press:
Obama Asks for Prayer on Budget Deal
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Congress to Investigate Benghazi ‘Talking Points’
Reason:
Big Brother's Border Blindness
Mike Allen / Politico:
44 days to cliff; 64 days to inauguration …
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James Surowiecki / News Desk:
Who Killed the Twinkie?  —  Hostess Brands is not dead just yet …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama arrives in Thailand, defends Burma visit
Discussion: CNN and Pirate's Cove
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Romney's Transition Chief Is Encouraging States To Implement Obamacare
Discussion: Brad DeLong and Politico
Guardian:
56% of Britons would vote to quit EU in referendum, poll finds
Discussion: Spectator
Jeff Spross / ThinkProgress:
VIEWPOINT: Republicans Lost Because Voters Rejected Their Economic Vision